Shimmering silver star and crescent cut-outs, green and golden streamers, and large die-cut individual letters that spell Ramadan lined the apartment floor of Hadiyya Ansari. She was preparing to decorate her home in anticipation for the Holy month of Ramadan.
Muslims all over the world decorate their homes and masjids to signify the importance of this impending holy month.
Preparations for Ramadan are underway, just as they have been every year, however this year feels very different. American Muslims are approaching a new and unprecedented socially-distant Ramadan this year.
The US currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases, which has drastically shifted the culture of Americans from highly social to socially distant.
Muslims, like Hadiyya Ansari are processing this change, while engaging their communities in ways to stay consistent, positive, and focused on the opportunity to increase their spirituality during this upcoming
In anticipation of this beautiful opportunity, American Muslims share their plans to make this Ramadan the best ever with AboutIslam.net.
Inspirational Stories from American Muslims
“My goal is to focus on family and creating new traditions, crafts, reading, teaching the kids about Ramadan, and being grateful.” – Khadijah Bint Ayoob from Texas
“I plan to set up a prayer room in my house dedicated to reading the Qur’an and completing nightly prayers throughout the entire month” — Ibrahim Jamal Awad
“I want my focus to be about my family and self-reflection,” Sara Wada from Georgia shared with AboutIslam.net.
“I plan to make this Ramadan the best ever by using this isolation to elevate my relationship with Allah and abandon my distractions” – Sabirah Nina from Philadelphia
“I plan to make this the best Ramadan ever by detaching from the world and attaching to Allah alone. I am dumping rituals and focusing on consistent spiritual practices” – Umm Sumaiyah
“I will read my daily reading from the Qur’an and study and pray more than the minimum” – Hadayai Majeed
“I’m planning to make this the best Ramadan by getting closer to the Creator and bonding my immediate family together” – Nicole Graham
“I plan to make my intentions to have my best Ramadan, focus on preparing simple nourishing meals, be grateful for my beautiful home, healthy food options and loving family, making a schedule and focusing on the quality of my ibadah activities. It is my hope to continuously thank and remember Allah for allowing me the opportunity of another Ramadan to seek His mercy, forgiveness, and freedom from the hellfire” — Yaqutullah Ibraheem
“I plan to have more heartfelt conversations with Allah,” Shahidah Abdurrahman shared with AboutIslam.net.
“I plan to complete the Qur’an in my Native language – English. I think it’s very important because many people focus on finishing the Qur’an and if they know how to read Arabic they want to finish it in Arabic, however, if they do not know the Arabic language, they miss out on the meaning of what they are reading. I’ve completed the Qur’an in Ramadan in the past, but never in English. Last year I started the process, and realized how much I was missing, and how much guidance is actually in the Qur’an,” Rahimah Mujahid from Georgia shared with AboutIslam.net.
“I plan to establish a schedule and stick to it this Ramadan. I want to complete the Quran, study the seerah, and take care of my diet this year” — Kassim Zaid
“I plan to truly forgive those who hurt me and ask for forgiveness from those whom I have hurt” — Halleema Munoz
Allah wants good for us
These stories represent the triumph and fortitude of American Muslims, as they approach a month of uncertainty and change.
Ramadan is a month that has always been designed to disconnect from the outside world and connect to the internal world within our own souls.
Our aim is to connect to Allah with minimal distractions and to identify ways to truly benefit from a month of remembrance and worship. Ultimately, we accept Allah’s divine decree and believe in the good that He bestows upon us.
وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” [Surah Al-Baqarah:216]